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MS Thr 561

Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941. Virginia Woolf Monk's House photograph album, MH-4, 1890-1947: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 561
Creator: Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.
Title: Virginia Woolf Monk's House photograph album, MH-4,
Date(s): 1890-1947,
Date(s): (bulk) 1923-1939.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 volume in 1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: The fourth of six photograph albums compiled by English writer, Virginia Woolf.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Alison Drew Harris with the assistance of Jennifer Lyons.

Acquisition Information:

No accession number. Gift of Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson) Koch, received: 1983 March.

Access Restrictions:

Restricted: fragile; use surrogate. For access to original consult curatorial staff.

Use Restrictions:

The images linked to in this finding aid are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Virginia Woolf Monk's House Photograph Album, MH-4, 1890-1947 (MS Thr 561). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Virginia Woolf (1882 –1941) was an English novelist, essayist, diarist, publisher, feminist, and writer of short stories.
Virginia Woolf Monk's House photograph album (MH-4) was most likely arranged originally by Virginia Woolf as well as possibly Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell and other family members.
Most of the albums are missing photographs that may now be located in the loose photographs listed below in the cataloging. These image may have been removed to serve as illustrations for Leonard Woolf's publications as well as A marriage of two minds by George Spater and Ian Parsons.


The albums were numbered one through six when gifted by Frederick R. Koch to the Houghton Library in 1983. This order was retained in the repository. Photographs are numbered in order of appearance in the album. In addition, the recto of pages are numbered in order of appearance in the album. Pages devoid of any photographs are not numbered.Titles devised by cataloger.

Scope and Content

The majority of the photographs in this album are snapshots possibly taken by Virginia Woolf or by her friends and family. The rest of the photographs include portraits or scenic landscapes of their homes or from their travels. The subject of the majority of the photographs are family and friends of Virginia Woolf. Subjects include Virginia Woolf, Julian Bell, Quentin Bell, Dora de Houghton Carrington, E. M. (Edward Morgan) Forster, Roger Eliot Fry, Angelica Garnett, Duncan Grant, Ralph Partridge, and Lytton Strachey.
Some locations of the photographs were identified. Some of these were taken at the home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, Monk's House (Rodmell, England). Other locations include the home, Ham Spray House (Marlborough, England), of Dora Carrington and Lytton Strachey. Virginia and Leonard Woolf also took photographs during ta vacation to France. Most of these image are of landscapes or buildings.

Separated Material

For other Monk's House photographs see: MS Thr 557, MS Thr 559, MS Thr 560, MS Thr 561, MS Thr 562, MS Thr 564.


Humm, Maggie. Snapshots of Bloomsbury: The private lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2006. )

Container List

Monk's House Album IV is bound in cardboard with red, art deco paper covers and has white leaves. Written on the cover in ink, 1939.